Just remember, for every one success story on the internet, there are 100 stories of failure.
I am a single programmer, and have developed some very large and useful products, completely on my own.
- Online File Backup System (servers and everything)
- Community Anti-Spam for Outlook Express (global Basian anti-spam, ala Cloudmark)
- Live Screen Saver Advertising Engine (think NY Giants screen saver, with pictures that update automatically, or for any business)
Sigh.... Those projects have taken me about 5 years of very hard programming.
And I just double checked my pockets, and I still dont have $100,000.
The success of Tower Defense is more about luck than anything else.
The guy was lucky he came up with a game that was good, and he was even MORE lucky that people paid attention, and downloaded it, and told their friends.
The guy couldn't redo this in a hundred years.
This is NO slam against the guy, but you are dreaming if you think you can whip up a game, throw it on a few websites, tell your blogging buddies about it, and expect to get more than 1 download a day.
(Yeah, u guessed right, im a little bitter. Good for Paul, wish it was me.)